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How to Get Teens to Tune Out of Social Media and Tune Into Summer

All year long, your teen is attached to some sort of device. Whether it’s a cell phone, computer, laptop, or other portable device, wouldn’t it be nice if they could just tune out of all that social buzz for awhile and tune into summer? Of course, as with anything else involving teens, if you insist […]

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Amount of Television Viewing in Early Childhood Negatively Impacts Later Functioning

A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports that early television exposure has negative effects on children’s functioning at follow-ups as late as fourth grade. Dr. Pagani and colleagues examined the influence of television exposure at 29 months and changes in exposure by 53 months on psychosocial, academic, and lifestyle characteristics in […]

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Teen Cyberfights

  I was looking over my 13 year old son’s shoulder the other day (or, as they say in teen cyberlanguage “POS” for Parent Over Shoulder) and watched his fingers quickly slip toward the enter button on the keyboard.  His post, a peacemaking comment about a battle between two of his friends, appeared on the […]

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Media: Monster or Magician

Media influence on kids has become the subject of increased focus by parents, educators and health care professional.  <a href=”http://allpsych.com/journal/violentmedia.html”>New research</a> has named several areas of influence in which media content has a negative effect on children. Violence and aggressive behavior, sexual content, body image and self esteem and physical health and school performance were […]

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The Anti-Aging Message and our Kids

Cosmetics industry analysts report that expenditures for anti-aging products have created a 15 billion dollar market for creams, injections, and compounds that promise to slow or reverse aging.  We might think that the focus of this industry push are the baby boomers who are approaching later adulthood, but this is not what analysts tell us.  […]

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Violent Video Game Debate

Violent video games have been defined by California law as one that involves “killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being” in a way that appeals to deviant or morbid interest.  California law has banned the sale of violent games to minors but it has recently been struck down by the lower […]

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Simple Steps to Protect Kids Against Media Influence

Children and adolescents spend, on average, more than seven hours a day with media, including television, the Internet, social media, texting, movies, music and video games. Research has shown that children and teenagers are inundated with examples of risky behavior in the media, which can lead to the increased likelihood of early sexual activity, alcohol, […]

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